The Wilson Research Center recently obtained sets of old Okanogan County newspapers, including the Palmer Mountain Prospector for 1907-09, the Okanogan Record for 1908-14, and the Okanogan Independent for 1907-14; also included were some issues of the Republic News-Miner for the years 1925-27. All these papers had been retained at the Roy M. Chatters Newspaper and Printing Museum in Palouse, Washington apparently since they had been given to WSU for microfilming.
These papers nicely supplement our already extensive collection of local newspapers.
A box of 1943 to early 1950's vertical aerial photos were recently donated to the Society. These photos, most of which are at a scale of 1:20,000, are excellent for locating old roads, buildings, and other landmarks from that time period. The photos are currently being indexed.
Most of the Matsura photos are now scanned and entered into the research database, thanks mainly to the efforts of Bud and Peggy Fisher. This makes searching the collection for a specific subject SO much easier. Come in and give it a try!
The Okanogan County Historical Society has gone on record in support of a footbridge to span the Similkameen River just downstream from the dam.
This footbridge project will tie in with the first phase of the Oroville to Nighthawk Trail that is proposed to follow the old Great Northern Railroad right-of-way.
The Society recently purchased a new copy machine to replace the old Sharp copier which had seen better days.
OCHS is sponsoring a series of presentations around the county from June through October, 2013. For details click HERE
When Matsura died, one hundred years ago this year, his funeral was attended by more than three hundred people, both Indians and Whites. OCHS inherited over 700 glass plate negatives. This series of presentations will explore Matsura's work as an artist, photograph, and an observer with a unique perspective.